UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality

The UN Women Fund for Gender Equality invites women-led Civil Service Organizations (CSOs) with programs for women’s economic and political empowerment to implement this global agenda and focus on promoting structural changes that look at power relations, social norms and legal and policy frameworks.

Women-led CSOs are also encouraged to exercise their oversight role by contributing to measure progress against implementation and hold duty bearers accountable to gender equality commitments at local, national and regional levels.

Thematic Priorities

Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Efforts to expand women’s equal opportunities to access and control economic resources (including land, property, technology, financial services, inheritance and natural resources) and promote women’s sustainable entrepreneurship in accordance with national laws and international commitments, with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable development.
  • Efforts to promote access to decent work and equal pay for all women including recognition of unpaid domestic and care work, through legislation, social protection policies, service delivery, and shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.

Women’s Political Empowerment

  • Efforts to promote women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership and political participation at all levels of decision-making and in all spheres of life.
  • Efforts to help design, enforce and implement new and existing gender equality laws and policies, review discriminatory content, and to shift social norms and practices toward greater respect for and enjoyment of women’s equal rights.

Grant request can be made in between US$ 200,000 and US$ 500,000 for 2 or 3 year programs. All applicants will have to demonstrate absorptive capacity and a financial management record commensurate with the grant request amount.

Applications are closed for this opportunity now.

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